In battles against drug smugglers, chief warrant officer Akiva Redtail is fearless, calling upon the courage of her Apache blood to bring down her enemies. But when it comes to relationships with men, particularly Caucasian men, Akiva is troubled. Childhood sorrow has made working with men impossible. That is, until CWO Joe Calhoun saunters into her life.

Joe has no problem working with Akiva. He admires her daring and skill. Slowly, his Southern charm and laid back attitude compel her to confront her prejudice, and when they find themselves captives of a drug load, Akiva discovers she trusts him with her lifeand her heart.

In her second installment of the fascinating Destiny's Women series, Lindsay McKenna not only pens an empowered heroine who faces her inner demonsand winsbut a hero comfortable enough to give Akiva the time and space to become the woman she is destined to be. Along with a glimpse of the strong camaraderie shared by women and a peek at the inner workings of a military operation, Ms. McKenna continues to introduce readers to the mystical world of the Black Jaguar clan. You'll want to keep this book right alongside Ms. McKenna's other Morgan's Mercenaries love stories. (Mar., 304 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Cohen